Police compiling survey data

Responses will help shape 2007 goals

For the first time in five years, the Craig Police Department issued a survey to gauge public opinion on issues ranging from safety to crime prevention.

The police department has found public opinion on law enforcement issues to be wide ranging thus far, said Walt Vanatta, Craig Police Department chief.

"It's tough to compile all the information because there was a myriad of answers," Vanatta said of the survey initially released in September 2006.

Responses from the poll are still being returned to the police department from Moffat County School District employees. Surveys are no longer being distributed to the public.

The information will be compiled and reviewed by a strategic planning committee, which will then incorporate the public's wishes into the police department's list of 2007 goals.

The recent survey is similar to one released by police five years ago. Vanatta said this was done so police could compare the two surveys and gauge the department's progress during the last several years.

The survey also asked residents to list top concerns regarding criminal activity, areas the police department should focus its efforts.

"For the most part, the (popular responses) were meth and underage drug and alcohol use," Vanatta said. "It was almost identical to the last survey."

The police chief said the strategic planning committee will meet in the next two to three weeks to talk about this year's goals.

Once all the survey information is compiled, Vanatta said he will present the information to the Craig City Council and also make it available to the public.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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